The promise of Jesus', that streams of living water would emerge from within (John 7:38), tells of a curing of social lymphedema, when pools of stagnant wealth (whether fat, cash or data) are re-released into society to benefit all (for more on this, see our article on the noun δουλος, doulos). That women were married in the way here supposed is not to be doubted. 58a). Sarah was buried in the land of Canaan in a cave bought by Abraham, where, later, he also was interred. Questioned by the latter regarding Sarah, Abraham replied that she was his sister, having instructed her to say the same. The fact that now she had a son of her own augmented her displeasure with Hagar and Ishmael; and Abraham, at her solicitation, sent both away after God had quieted his scruples (ib. (7) The mythological theory makes Sarai identical with Ishtar. l.c.). Driven by famine to take refuge in Egypt, Abraham, fearing that her beauty would put his life in danger if their true relations became known, proposed that she pass as his sister. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate but does connect Sarai and Sarah to the noun שׂרה meaning princess. Tribal antipathies and sympathies, and political and racial interdependence and kinship, are expressed by them; but frequently, in order to complete a system, an individual ancestor or eponym is invented. Sarah invited the women also, who brought their infants with them; and on this occasion she gave suck to all the strange children, thus convincing the guests of the miracle (B. M. 87a; comp. "Sefer ha-Yashar," section "Lek Leka"). Sarah was the most beautiful woman of her time and possessed a perfect figure. 15). lviii. xlv. For a meaning of the name Sarai, NOBSE Study Bible Name List groups it without further comment with Sarah and seems to translate both names with Princess. Sarah treated Hagar well, and induced women who came to visit her to visit Hagar also. Sarai is the original name of Sarah, the wife and half-sister of Abraham (same father, namely Terah: Genesis 20:12). Sarah's behavior toward Ishmael, whom she drove away from his father's roof, is justified on the ground that she saw him commit the three greatest sins, namely, idolatry, unchastity, and murder, (ib. This is the meaning of the marriage of Abraham with Sarah, as similar ethnic or historical data underlie the story of his dealings with Hagar and Keturah. 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Ed. 34). When her youth had been restored and she had given birth to Isaac, the people would not believe in the miracle, saying that the patriarch and his wife had adopted a foundling and pretended that it was their own son. In after years, when he went to visit Ishmael, Sarah was still so jealous that she exacted a promise from Abraham that he would not alight from his horse. Wellhausen is the main exponent of this view ("Prolegomena zur Gesch. Cheyne, of course (in Cheyne and Black, "Encyc. This accounts for the duplications and discrepancies. It occurs only in the famous prediction that "the misra will be upon his shoulders" (Isaiah 9:6). As he had apprehended, she was actually taken by Pharaoh, to whom her personal charms had been highly praised (ib. According to the other legend, Satan, disguised as an old man, came to Sarah and told her that Isaac had been sacrificed. Abraham next removed to Gerar, where Sarah had an experience with Abimelech similar to the one she had had in Egypt. Give your Friends or Yourself a Personalized Gift. The story of Sarah's life, brief and incomplete as it is, presents nevertheless curious repetitions, e.g., the incident with Pharaoh and a similar incident with Abimelech (Gen. xii. Abraham thereupon invited all the notabilities to a banquet on the day when Isaac was to be weaned. 13a; Gen. R. xlvii. Use this code: Print Search Again. (Note: English names which are not derived from Hebrew names are normally The denominative verb שרר (sarar) means to be a chief. Legends connect Sarah's death with the sacrifice of Isaac (ib. 21). According to another version, Pharaoh persisted in annoying her after she had told him that she was a married woman;thereupon the angel struck him so violently that he became ill, and was thereby prevented from continuing to trouble her (Gen. R. xli. 29-30). 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